Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4 (1994)

Mike Matei / October 7th, 2014

Today we look at the most absurd horror film to feature two actors to win academy awards, Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey.


  • October 7, 2014 at 5:06 am


    • TheFreakMachine

      October 2, 2016 at 4:31 pm


      • Weldin Dunn

        June 10, 2017 at 2:18 am


  • Mattashell

    October 7, 2014 at 5:22 am

    I once read a review of this movie that said “A remake of the original, only this time in color.” Guess they didn’t see the original. Maybe they were confusing it with Night of the Living Dead.

    • October 8, 2014 at 1:23 am

      You are correct that is actually the direct description of tom savini’s remake of night of the living dead they mustve confused them

  • Batman91

    October 7, 2014 at 5:52 am

    I actually love this movie. I’m pretty sure it’s the only movie in a franchise ever that’s gone from being my least favorite to being my favorite.

    • tonyaj420

      October 9, 2014 at 2:41 am

      This movie is garbage. Leatherface as a cross dresser

  • Don Skiver

    October 7, 2014 at 6:06 am

    I have a “love-hate” relationship with this movie. I hate to love this movie, and I love to hate it. 😛

  • Griff

    October 7, 2014 at 6:27 am

    really? no mention that on top of all this other craziness the freakin’ ILLUMINATI plays into the plot?

    • stoney_1

      October 8, 2014 at 12:52 am

      It’s true! It’s all throughout the movie!

    • Aaron Willhite

      October 8, 2014 at 3:21 am

      The guy with the extra nipples?

  • October 7, 2014 at 6:39 am

    what was up with the spanish language ad before the review lol.. speak english!!!

  • rob norton

    October 7, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I thought it was one of the sand people at 1:39……

  • October 7, 2014 at 7:06 am

    I watched half of this movie, was enough for me.

  • geddon

    October 7, 2014 at 7:20 am

    zomg, I love cinemassacre’s monster madness!

  • Zyll666

    October 7, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I liked the second one.

  • October 7, 2014 at 7:32 am

    When I first saw the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, it was back in 2001. I was 20 years old, and had been a horror movie buff from a young age, and was especially fond of the Friday the 13th series, followed by Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Hellraiser, Child’s Play, and others. The first time I watched Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974 version), I was told my my girlfriend’s parents that it was the reason why they’d never since and never again would watch another horror movie. That it scarred so many people for life, and had the ultimate legacy. So my girlfriend and I at the time watched it, aaaand… we thought it was fucking lame. no blood, no guts, no gore… wtf was this shit? It took me a good 10 years of growing up to look past just trying to find blood and guts and cheesy effects in a horror flick before I finally appreciated it. And now I recognize it as one of the best, if not THE best, horror movie ever made. The setting, the story, the sheer fucked-up-ness of it all, that’s what made it great. It was well-written, believable, and had a lot of emotion in the characters – in the antagonists and protagonists – that connected well with the audience. If you go into it looking for a traditional gore fest horror flick like I was as a young pup, you’ll probably be disappointed. You’ll appreciate it when you get older, trust me.

    • October 8, 2014 at 1:36 am

      Well said! One of its strongest features is the lack of gore. I think too that the fact that the family is so demented, without any motive or purpose other than to cause pain, is what makes the movie terrifying. That dinner scene alone is enough to give a person nightmares.

  • October 7, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I think the rawness of those early 1970s movies cannot be duplicated. Think of it terms of a contrast to the hippie era of just a few years before. Also don’t forget that the actors were put theough hell by Hooper in the original.

  • erik37

    October 7, 2014 at 8:39 am

    an the oscar goes too? lol fucking awesome, what a fucked up movie great review of this piece of shit

  • October 7, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I need to watch this one again to make sure I still feel the same, but I thought it was worth the ride for the crazy and unexpected ending.

    Part 3 was worth it for the killer heavy metal score. I remember part 2 being a bit too gory for my taste, but I plan to watch it again anyway for the 80s nostalgia. The original is no doubt a classic that I will likely watch again several more times throughout my life. As for the three newer remakes/reboots, I don’t care if I ever see them again.

  • Allen Lucas

    October 7, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I know one guy who can tell you that he enjoys this movie.
    Brad “Cinema Snob” Jones

  • Jimmy Reed

    October 7, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Well well well. Another movie I’ve never heard of.

  • BladeRunner

    October 7, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I love the first film and watch it with all it sequels usually once a year. And this one is always the hardest to sit through. But it’s grown on me over the years and it has a couple funny moments. I’m surprised you didn’t mention the asshole boyfriend character since he’s one of the best parts of this schlock. But this movie is defiantly a whole lot of stupid. great review.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

    What started as a serious horror film just became a sick twisted mockery man.

  • October 7, 2014 at 11:36 am

    This movie also have a bizarre subtext about the Illuminati and the meaning of horror, kind of like Cabin in the Woods. Americans have this tendency to say “fuck that shit, there is no subtext.” But it is there. It is undeniable.

  • Kanger

    October 7, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I actually saw this in the theaters when it came out. Terrible.

  • DragonoftheEastblue

    October 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    My jaw dropped when I saw this. There were 4 movies?!

  • October 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Loved the Oscars joke! 🙂

  • PresidentJenkins

    October 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    You always forget that some top stars were in horror movies like this, but it’s always fun to watch none the less.

  • October 7, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    This movie was complete garbage. And the ending is such a WTF just happened moment. Zero payoff with that ending, just had me scratching my head as to what I just saw..

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 7, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Nice review. Man, McConaughey was hilarious here! 😀

  • FullMetalHobbit

    October 7, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    that look awesome.

  • TagaZok

    October 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I liked the original chilled me to the bones the remake and sequels are a disaster !

  • deadcruiser88

    October 7, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    James, you should do Trick or Treat 1986!! Btw look forward to these every year, love em!

  • Squall85

    October 7, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I really-really like this new intro for Monster Madness! Really well put together, way better than last years’.

  • October 7, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I just thought the makeup and dress on Leatherface was harkening back to the Ed Gein influences…

  • Iron65

    October 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    It actually is quite hilarious to see two academy award noominees went downhill with this performance. Macconaghey was great on Dallas Buyers Club. But man to be a great actor requires a lot more conssistent job. Sure now academy awards are now and excuse to motive their talents and career, rather than truly giving the award to the desserved person. And plus, it always disspoint me to see Lethearface go downhill, it will never find peace…

  • AxBunny

    October 7, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I love this movie, and it’s my favorite still out of the TCSM movies. I can understand why many wouldn’t like it, but I find it highly entertaining. Whenever I make a new profile on a Castlevania game I always put in the name Vilmer as sort of a nod to it.

    • October 9, 2014 at 12:18 am

      Yeah! I love this film too. It’s fucked up and Macconaghey is just awesome! I am surprised it got such a bashful review here and that everyone hates on it too. It’s the best one next to the original and better than all the new ones for sure. The Beginning…. blah.. Now that’s an awful film. giving a reason why Leatherface wears faces… Some disease.. I hate the sympathy route in horror movies with killers. especially Leatherface. It’s just a fucked up family of serial killers. Macconaghey kills it in this and so does Leatherface, even in drag. haha

  • Pablo1989

    October 7, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Oh man i hate that cliché where someone point gun to other person and instrad shot start talking, I hate because ive seen to often.

  • Claude Lilford

    October 7, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    So this mean’s we’re not going to have a Texas Chainsaw sequel-a-thon?
    Ah well, great review as always, I think I may give this one a miss though.

  • October 7, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Fantastic episode!
    By the way, the Hollywood sequence was ace! 😀

  • SpeedyEric

    October 7, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Obscurus Lupa reviewed this movie 3 years ago on her 50th episode, and I agree that this is one of the biggest WTF sequels ever made in the history of ever.

  • October 7, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    It’s for exactly the same reason that I only recognize Ridley Scott’s original Alien movie from 1979. It was magic. All the later movies has tried to duplicate that perfect creepy feeling. But they failed. James Cameron’s Aliens was ok, but it had nothing like the feeling from the original movie. After the sequel everything went down the drains. And predators and engineers getting involved only makes it even worse. But I’m not letting shitty prequels and sequels ruin a masterpiece. Neither will I let all the crappy TCSM sequels destroy the original gem.

  • October 7, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    James please review Saw that movie is great

  • Joker83

    October 7, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I think someone at Netflix is a fan of the site. night of the Creeps just went on streaming today.

  • Karl Koch

    October 7, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    TCM 2 is awesome! Almost as good as the first

  • October 7, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Matthew McConaughey is hilarious in this, and I might have enjoyed this as a B-Movie but Leatherface was too fucking annoying with the way they shrieked/moaned. Plus it was dumb to do the whole Leatherface is trans now, honestly – I liked the subtlety in the oriignal film where each of Leatherface’s masks represented something else, and that there was a small indication that Leatherface was unhappy with their gender/unhappy with their family has them do. Great video as always though, I always love waking up in October to see a Monster Madness video. =) Next year though, I want “Return to Camp Cult.” Pweeeeze? Camp Cult was my favourite MM run ^_^

  • October 7, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I wish James mentioned how this has the worst plot ever written for a movie; that the family is being monitored by the government. At that point, the film makers were just making shit up.

  • matthew Chin-Quee

    October 7, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    This was actually the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie I ever saw. Thanks for finally doing this one.

  • Cilliandrew

    October 7, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    HA, I’ve actually watched this one! It was absolutely epic in its hilarity. To steal from Jay and Silent Bob: McConaughey was THE BOMB in this!

  • Chad Ghostal

    October 8, 2014 at 12:19 am

    I remember the long delays in getting this film released, and oh how I wish the film was never released. The film made zero sense whatsoever, and I see why Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey wanted to block the film from being released and wanted nothing to do with the promotion of this piece of shit.

    It’s a pity that The Texas Chainsaw Massacre never saw a decent sequel. And yes, TCM2 fits into that category of bad sequels. How do you go from a serious, genre defining film which is what the original was to a friggin’ parody with over the top characters with the sequel?

    And don’t get me started on the modern remake/prequel crap…

    • Aaron Willhite

      October 8, 2014 at 3:10 am

      2nd is better then the first… The first movie is just an eyeball and screaming for an hour…. Oooohhhh artsy..

      • Chad Ghostal

        October 8, 2014 at 3:22 am

        And all we got in the sequel was Leatherface acting like a horny idiot, and Dennis Hopper being an insane lunatic for an hour. Such a disappointing film.

    • Karl Koch

      October 8, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      TCM 2 was just that, a parody with over the top characters. Hooper didn’t want to just make the same movie over again, so he decided to go in the complete opposite direction. And that’s why TCM 2 is a great sequel and it turned out to be a great movie on its own.

  • October 8, 2014 at 2:05 am

    I always kind of liked this movie, I’d rather watch this than that newest 3D shitfest. at least this one makes me laugh and has some nice lookin titties from mrs davis of varsity blues!

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    October 8, 2014 at 3:07 am

    To think that the 2003 movie, that’s a real remake of the first, it’s like the best movie Jessica Biel did…maybe she’ll get an oscar in her 40s too then. xD

  • Aaron Willhite

    October 8, 2014 at 3:08 am

    2nd chainsaw is the best one….

  • Todd Skelley

    October 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    matthew mconagay

  • gluserty

    October 9, 2014 at 12:59 am

    I actually have this film on DVD (from the cheap bin at Wal-Mart in 2003), but haven’t viewed it in some time. I suppose its one distinction is having Matthew McConaughey (who also acted in an “Unsolved Mysteries” segment early in his career; yeah, he paid his dues) and Renee Zellweger playing prominent charcters. Other than that, it can be skipped (although it may be worth a look for a bad movie night).

  • rian fox

    October 9, 2014 at 5:41 am

    McConaughey must have been main-lining 7-11 GIANT gulps of mountain dew code red before every take

  • low_tone1

    October 9, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I saw this movie right after seeing part 3. I thought this one was better, but I have never had any desire to see either again. As far as I’m concerned, the first one is the only one worth the time; although, part 2 does have at least some watchability.

  • travismorg

    October 10, 2014 at 1:00 am

    I think saying they are the worst horror sequels of all time, might be a bit harsh. I’ve been going through all the movies based on Stephen King writings, and both the sequels for The Mangler, and all EIGHT sequels of Children of the Corn are far worse than any of these 3. I actually enjoy most of these movies, except #3, it’s just sad.

  • skwij

    October 10, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Weird! I barely remember this… Thanks!

  • lotusclown

    October 10, 2014 at 9:28 am

    this is one of my favorite movies of all time!! and i don’t even like the texas chainsaw movies, but this one is so badass its in a class of its on, he also forgot to mention that in it we get a small insight of why they’re actually doing all this crazy shit, its a government experiment in fear “yeah the lunatics actually work for the government!, wrap your brain around that” if you haven’t seen this movie i HIGHLY recommend it, even if you don’t like the series.


      October 18, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Just no. To all this.

  • October 12, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Like most of those horror films the first always is the best,nightmare on elm street,halloween,friday the 13th.Its because they make sequel after sequel and the change of producers and directors over the time,thats why they ruin the basic formula.Also the fact that those were low budget helped allot back in the days and they dont want to risk that much having create something that reminds 70s those days.This particular film was not so bad i believe,it has a good crazyness in it and i for a low budget film they have include two pretty strong names in that as well,i wonder…

  • October 13, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    ¡Get that bitch!, hahahaha, what a perfomance!

  • Mega-Gojira

    October 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm


  • Bailey Green

    October 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Monster Madness brings such nostalgia from my child hood. Which you can guess was built on the horror genre.

  • Mickael

    October 15, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Those oscar clips were hysterical.

  • October 15, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Didn’t the ending show the chick from the first movie?

    • James Gee

      November 1, 2014 at 2:33 am

      yeah. she was catatonic being pushed on a gurney by the guy that played her brother


    October 18, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I remember watching this and saying ” Fuck. This is bad.” but I kept watching it just to see how shitty it could actually get. It got pretty shitty. Still I kept watching it. It’s idiotically entertaining.

  • October 18, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Mathew McConaughey the guy that starred in such bad shit, such as Sahara, Failure to Launch and Ghost of Girlfriends Past, once said this was the movie he was personally ashamed of…..sounds like fun.

  • James Gee

    November 1, 2014 at 2:32 am

    i really believe that this was meant to be bad. it was Kim Henkle taking a jab at the attempt to make Texas Chainsaw a franchise

  • defCOBRA

    November 6, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    i actually like this movie. matthew mcconaughey is freakin awesome in this. even though his acting is over the top, he can pull off a psycho really well

  • WViper

    November 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Anyone who says that the 2003 remake is the worst installment in the series has clearly not seen this one.

  • M. Ryan

    April 14, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    This isn’t a review, it’s just a description of the film on a very basic level.

  • April 18, 2015 at 3:07 am

    You might be proper which is really the actual immediate explanation associated with tom savini’s reprise associated with nights the actual residing lifeless they have to befuddle all of them.

  • Jason Voorhees

    April 18, 2015 at 9:08 am


  • Stephanie Cutrere

    August 18, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    How did this slip below my radar?

    • Stephanie Cutrere

      August 18, 2015 at 10:43 pm

      Oh… it was TNG? Never mind.

  • jake westbrook

    September 6, 2015 at 10:01 am

    You know, this movie is actually quite amazing. I have no idea what anyone was thinking, but it’s incredible.

  • December 11, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Transvestite villains are actually kinda common in thrillers and have become a staple almost since Psycho did it. The reason it’s really done is because it’s incredibly easy to throw the audience off of the killer is dressed like a woman but is really a man, for some reason people never guess that the mysterious figure could be in drag. Though none of them are actually transgender characters, not even Buffalo Bill, he’s thrown in as a reference to the staple and is explicitly stated to not actually have Gender Dysphoria by Hannibal Lecter. Though I’m really thrown for a loop as to why Leatherhead dresses in drag.

  • Rammer

    April 28, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Never saw the appeal for these movies. The original was more like a bad comedy. The current remakes just bad. Leatherface as a semi good guy now?

Leave a Reply

James’ favorites